BOSTON -- Just more than a week had passed Friday since Boston blew into Arlington and blew out the Texas Rangers three times in a four-game series.
The centerpiece of the Rangers' misery was a shutout in which left-hander Andrew Miller allowed three little singles in 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox's lineup hit four home runs.
Miller was back at it to open a three-game series at Fenway Park, and Boston welcomed Kevin Youkilis back to its baseball-best offense.
But the biggest factors were Derek Holland and Ian Kinsler, and the Rangers' 10-0 victory was the complete opposite of what had happened only eight days earlier.
Holland allowed two singles in seven innings, and Kinsler hit a three-run homer in the second inning to spark an offensive performance that also included homers by David Murphy and Elvis Andrus.
"Everything went our way tonight," manager Ron Washington said.
The shutout was the Rangers' 17th of the season, matching the club record set in 1977. Their 12 road shutouts are the most in the majors since Atlanta had 12 in 1998 and the most in the American League since California had 12 in 1989.
The victory ensured that the Rangers' lead in the AL West would be no worse than 3 1/2 games, pending the outcome of the Angels' late game against Minnesota.
The Rangers had locked up a victory while those teams were still taking batting practice in southern California.
Miller recorded only four outs. Kinsler and Andrus opened the game with walks, and they scored on an infield hit by Michael Young and a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre.
Boston countered in its half of the first with a leadoff single by Jacoby Ellsbury. Holland, though, picked off the speedy MVP candidate and worked a scoreless inning.
The Rangers opened the second with back-to-back hits by Yorvit Torrealba and Murphy, and Craig Gentry moved them along with a sacrifice bunt. It wasn't needed, though.
Kinsler followed by sending an 0-1 pitch over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark for his third homer in as many at-bats dating to Thursday night.
"I was just trying to get a good pitch," said Kinsler, who has 24 homers this season. "He came with a first-pitch changeup, and it was a good pitch and I just missed it. I made the adjustment I needed to make."
Miller was given three more batters, allowing a walk, a single and a walk before Terry Francona made a very popular walk to the mound. The Rangers tagged one more run on Miller, as Mike Napoli drew a bases-loaded walk from Michael Bowden for a 6-0 lead.
That was plenty for Holland, who never allowed a runner past first base. Adrian Gonzalez had the second hit against Holland, a soft single to left in the fourth inning.
Holland (13-5) threw 98 pitches, striking out six and walking none in seven innings. He gave way to newcomers Merkin Valdez and Mike Gonzalez, who tossed a perfect inning apiece.
Ellsbury and Gonzalez were the Red Sox's only two base runners of the game. Holland, meanwhile, was backed by 13 hits, but that's nothing new for the pitcher who leads the major leagues in run support.
"That's definitely something to be thankful for," Holland said. "But, at the same time, they may be giving me that, but I've got to do my part. That's to make pitches and keep the momentum on our side."
Beltre had a two-out RBI single in the fourth, Murphy hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Andrus followed three batters later with his fourth homer of the season.
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